It’s no secret I love anything made of real wood, up until last year however I had to paint it, I think I was scarred from visions of the orangey pine stained wood of the 80s and 90s, seemed if my dad built something it ended up with that orange hue and shiny with shellac lol.
I’m always looking for ideas on a good wooden up cycle, I’m sure you’ve seen the cutting board/bread board up cycles, you know painted into snowmen and pumpkins. I thought how cute would 2 look hanging on the barn board frame beside our front door, two problems with that were; 1 they would need to be narrow enough to fit and 2 I’d have to find 2 of similar size and shape, not impossible I know but I had an easier plan.
These aren’t perfect in shape or identical to each other because I used scrap fence board cut offs to make them, but very close.
I simply found 2 pieces similar in width and length and for the handle part I’ll be honest I used a power bar I traced on to the top and then cut it all out on my scroll saw. Drilled a hole in the handle as well for hanging and because most I have seen had a hole, these had to look like they really once had been cutting boards.
After sanding them all down well I painted them with an outdoor paint in orange ( I love Behr and home depot sells little pods for $5 mixed into any colour you desire) I then sanded them again to distress them.
I used a Sharpie Paint Pen to “paint” on the face which I printed off and used carbon paper to transfer it on. Because these are used outside I spray painted on a clear coat in matte (because I hate shine and shine doesn’t give the faux effect of old and rustic) the marker paint is not meant for outdoors without being sealed.
They match my rustic little outdoor fall display by the front door nicely I think
The crate was made with some plywood that was stained already from a friend, I colour matched it the best I could and made slates for the sides out of 1×3 pine boards. A nice dark reddish brown, not pine orange! But it does make the orange pumpkins pop.
The wooden box holding my 2×4 pumpkins was a little wooden wagon I’ve had for years, one of the wheels broke, I removed the wheels and now its a well weathered little crate.
A little tutorial on how to make the 2×4 pumpkins here
The window pane is not perfect and dare I say it, a sad knockoff, because the wood was a little too warped, but it’s not too bad as a faux upcycle with an added hook into a wreath holder. We used scrap pieces of wood to build it and used outdoor flat white paint dry brushed on and then sanded.
The wreath on the window pane I made last year and it was displayed inside, this year I replaced it with a hoop wreath, you can see it here.
The wreath on the side of the house was made this year at a Micheals make it event.
The jack-o-lantern in the back was made from a disassembled pine crate hubz got from work, a jig saw to cut the top, then I painted it the same way as the “cutting board” pumpkins above.
I’m in love with the orange horseshoes, hubz found them at my inlaws and knew I’d love them, 2 orange and 2 green! Weathered and rusted to perfection. Look for the green ones at Christmas.
The leaf sign on the old chippy chair is simply a scrap piece of wood, I made a stencil out of shelf liner vinyl and sponged on some of my orange outdoor paint.
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